October 27, 2015

NNV Everywhere

We love to explore and seek different perspectives. Here, you will find things that we learned along the way to help you plan (and hopefully inspire) your next adventure.

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama

Philippines Diving Adventure: Exploring Mactan Island

With our Australia trip coming up in July, we decided we wanted a little more diving practice since we only did our certification dives so far. When we came across a great flight deal on EVA to Cebu, we couldn’t pass it up and decided to jump on it. GETTING TO CEBU While we didn’t get […]

The Ultimate Northern Vietnam Trip: Sapa – Stop 2

After landing in Hanoi, Sapa was my next stop. It is a region close to the Chinese border known for its rice terraces and ethnic tribes. If you are up for the adventure, you can hire private tour guides to drive you through more remote regions to experience countryside living without the crowd. Due to time […]

The Ultimate Northern Vietnam Trip: Hanoi – My Vietnam Base

If you travel to Vietnam, chances are you will fly either into Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Because I chose to focus my trip in northern Vietnam, it made a lot of sense to begin my journey in Hanoi. I used it subsequently as a base to venture west (Sapa), east (Halong Bay), and […]

Catalina Island – A SF Weekend Trip

We had some travel credits that was expiring on JetBlue. Before we let that go to waste, we took a quick hop to LA and went “island hoping” in the Channel Islands. First stop was Catalina. 1. Arriving There are 2 major arrival ports on the Island. One – close to Avalon, the island’s only […]

7 Destinations for the Ultimate Utah Road Trip

Going on a Utah road trip? Looking for lots of adventure in nature? Then you should consider these 9 destinations before you firm up your plan 1. Zion Nation Park The canyon landscape, challenging hikes, and wonderful people that you meet along the trail are the perfect reasons to add this destination to your trip. It is also […]

2 Days in Paris: NomNom stops between the sights

To top off our food centric Euro-trip last year that brought us to 12 Michelin stars in 12 days, we made a 2 day stop in Paris. We got greedy — we wanted to hit the top sightseeing destinations while eating as much pastries and yummy food as possible. Below is a photo centric account of […]

12 Michelin Stars in 12 Days

Our 2016 Euro trip felt like touring food heaven. It was hard to pick one favorite meal. So here is our thoughts on who won in each category. Best Amuse – FG Piccalilly in a cone. Canelés topped with foie gras. These amuses teased us to crave more. Best Meat – Vendôme The lamb three ways here tastes […]

Canyonlands National Park – A Hidden Gem

Many people that drop by Canyonlands come for a day trip when they visit Arches National Park. I found it to be much more than a side add on. It’s a hidden gem. The trails are far less crowded and the views grand. Check out some of the memories that I captured below. Good bye Canyonlands for […]

Monument Valley Photo Journal

A southwest road trip is not complete without going to Monument Valley – a place that John Wayne made famous in his western movies. I had to go! And it became one of the highlights of this trip. I hope you enjoy the memories that I captured below. These photos were only a small fraction of the […]

Page AZ – Here I am again

After departing Zion, the 2nd stop on my southwest camping trip was Glen Canyon and Page. Other than the places I’ve called home, this was the first place where I have returned to visit as a tourist. But this time, I checked out more than just the famous Horseshoe Bend – and boy was there a lot to […]

Zion National Park Photo Journal

Zion was my first stop in a multi-day solo camping tour of Utah national parks. And WOW did it set a high note for the rest of the trip. The dramatic red cliffs made me feel so small. The amazing hikes brought adrenaline thru my veins. The awesome people I met on the trails set a great atmosphere. I […]

New York City Off the Beaten Path – for Second or Third Timers

New York, NY – where should I begin to introduce you? As a city where 20 million+ people call home? As a diverse mecca where over 800 languages can be heard? As a power house where diplomacy, economy, and art converge? This list can go on to fill the entire page. It is no wonder that NYC […]

24 hours in Salzburg Austria

A day in Salzburg is a day filled with great views! We kicked it off by going up a funicular first thing in the morning to Hohensalzburg Castle. On top, you can get a panoramic view of the city. We went in further and took a guided tour of the castle. During the tour, we learned […]

5 Day Munich and Salzburg Road Trip

There is a big road trip culture in the US. Why limit it to just there? We decided to take one in southern Germany with a  peak into Austria. Although we couldn’t go everywhere because we were restricted by the notoriously low number of American vacation days, I think we picked some good highlights in the region.  Check it out […]

Top 8 Things to Do in Bar Harbor Maine

Before we moved from Virginia to California, we did a east coast road trip. One of the highlights was Bar Harbor  area and Acadia National Park (America’s first nation park). Here you will find our favorite 8 spots in this photo journal. Cadillac Mountain In the fall and winter, sunrise on Cadillac Mountain is the first visible […]

Oman Desert Adventure

A little stereotypical, I really wanted to stay in a desert safari camp on our UAE/Oman trip. We felt lucky to stumble upon the Desert Night Camp in the Wahiba Sands and it became one of the highlights of the trip. Here, you will find a photo journal of the trip’s best moments (& maybe inspire some ideas […]

Top 7 Things To Do on the Island of Maui Hawaii

Given the proximity to Hawaii from the mainland US west coast and the recent flight deals, we hope sharing Maui highlights from our trip will help you plan yours. 1. Mt Haleakala — Sunset or Sunrise Sunrise on Mt Haleakala is suppose to be more spectacular than the sunset, but it is also suppose to be more […]

10 Spots for Your Iceland Winter Stopover

Thinking about Iceland? You don’t have to wait for the summer. Iceland is quickly becoming a popular tourist destination with cheap flights and unlimited stop overs. We took advantage of this on our way to Germany for Christmas. Below are some of our favorite spots to give you some ideas of what to do in Iceland […]

Bordeaux in 3 Days

Thorsten proposed to me on a vineyard. We thought it was only appropriate to have our first year anniversary be a wine trip. We packed up and set off to explore Bordeaux and Rioja region (and squeezing in Barcelona, Madrid, and San Sebastian on the way). Bordeaux was definitely one of the highlights. As a […]